14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a mantravelling into a far country, who called hisown servants, and delivered unto them hisgoods.15 And unto one he gave five talents, toanother two, and to another one; to everyman according to his several ability; andstraightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the fivetalents went and traded with thesame, and made them other fivetalents.17 Andlikewise he that had receivedtwo, he also gained other two.
18 Buthe that had received onewent and digged in the earth, andhid his lords money.19 After a long time the lord ofthose servants cometh, andreckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents cameand brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thoudeliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I havegained beside them five talents more.21 Hislord said unto him, Well done, thou good andfaithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a fewthings, I will make thee ruler over many things:enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 Healso that had received two talents cameand said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me twotalents: behold, I have gained two othertalents beside them.23 Hislord said unto him, Well done, goodand faithful servant; thou hast been faithfulover a few things, I will make thee ruler overmany things: enter thou into the joy of thy
24 Thenhe which had received the one talent cameand said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hardman, reaping where thou hast not sown, andgathering where thou hast not strawed:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent inthe earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 Hislord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked andslothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowednot, and gather where I have not strawed:27 Thououghtest therefore to have put my money to theexchangers, and then at my coming I should havereceived mine own with usury.28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto himwhich hath ten talents.
29 Forunto every one that hath shall be given,and he shall have abundance: but from himthat hath not shall be taken away even thatwhich he hath.30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant intoouter darkness: there shall be weeping andgnashing of teeth
I. Introduction• We all love the freedoms enumerated and protected by our Constitution and should be grateful for the liberties we have as Filipinos• However, along with our wonderful rights come important responsibilities. As believers, we are accountable to God not only for the course of this country, but for the path we take in our lives.• Therefore, we must live in a manner that not only glorifies the Father and edifies others but also preserves and protects the sacred values we hold dear.
II. Our liberty in Christ does not give us theright to indulge in sinA. Parents should talk daily to their children about the things of the Lord Deut. 6:7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, andshalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest bythe way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.B. Though our sins have been forgiven, we will still face consequences for the choices we make (Matt. 25:14-30). This canbe seen vividly through Jesus parable of the talents. The Lord givesus gifts, skills, resources, and talents, and we are responsible to use them inways that honor Him. If we fail to do so, we forfeit our rewards in heaven
III. What is accountability?• Accountability means we are answerable to others, and we should accept this responsibility as a gift from God.• Not only does it provide a system of checks and balances that protect us from harm, but it also gives us unique opportunities to share our lives with others and encourage them.
IV. What biblical examples do we have concerningaccountability?A. Adam and Eve—Genesis 3:8-19B. Samuel and Saul—1 Samuel 13:8-14C. Nathan and David—2 Samuel 12:1-14D. Jesus and Peter—Matthew 16:21-23
V. Why is accountability important for our lives?A. Knowing that someone will ask about our conduct motivates us to do our best and encourages us to be good stewards of our time, talents, and resources.B. When were answerable to others, we are positioned for promotion. As those in authority review our work, they realize our potential.C. Accountability inspires and protects us and those were closest to, which makes our relationships even stronger.
D. We must regularly face the truth about ourattitudes and actions, and examine whether we arestaying in the center of Gods will.E. Being responsible to the Lord and otherschallenges us to maintain high standards, godlyconvictions, a transparent heart, and a trustworthycharacter
VI. Why do people resist accountability?A. RebelliousnessB. SlothfulnessC. Fear of lossD. UntrustworthinessE. Pride
VII. What happens without accountability?A. We cannot do our best.B. Our resources may be wasted.C. Spiritual growth will be hampered.D. There will be divisions in our most important relationships.E. We will miss opportunities, privileges, promotions, and rewards.F. Others may feel free to take advantage of us.
VIII. Conclusion• Accountability is absolutely necessary in every aspect of our life, starting with relationships in our family and among fellow believers.• However, we must also hold others in society responsible for what they do, whether they are in the church, the schools, or the government.• These are serious days for our nation and world, and as believers, we are charged with defending the faith and proclaiming the gospel of salvation— the only true path to freedom from sin and death. We know the truth, so we cannot keep silent about it.• Rather, were accountable to declare the truth as passionately, effectively, and fearlessly as we can.